High Court Wrangles With Race-Conscious College Admissions

Law360, Houston (October 10, 2012, 10:47 PM EDT) -- A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday questioned the legitimacy of the University of Texas at Austin’s race-conscious admissions process in a case brought by an unsuccessful applicant who claims she was discriminated against because she is white.

Attorneys for Abigail Fisher and the University of Texas sparred with the high court over the university’s consideration of race as a subfactor in making admissions decisions, as several justices hinted at a need to clarify legal precedent.

Bert W. Rein, who represents Fisher, argued that while the...
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